Working in Clark County: Evan Smith: owner, Canine Utopia

Oct 5, 2015

In 2011, Evan Smith left a career in which he had to make difficult, uneasy decisions. "As a Medicaid gatekeeper, I kind of held a…

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Business News

Rivals fail to faze local pot stores

October 5, 2015, 8:13 PM

The owner of one of Vancouver's highest-grossing marijuana stores envisions a future where the Southwest Washington-Portland region is "the Napa Valley for marijuana."

General Mills recalls Cheerios boxes

October 5, 2015, 5:12 PM

NEW YORK — General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, Calif., saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.

Monday’s market gains are broad

October 5, 2015, 4:58 PM

NEW YORK -- Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas Monday after last week's gloomy jobs report led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will wait longer before making its first interest rate increase since 2008.

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Onion prices high, but bulbs a bit small

October 5, 2015, 4:44 PM

ONTARIO, Ore. — Onions are fetching nearly twice as much as they did last year, but size and yield are expected to be down thanks to a severe heat wave during the growing season.

J.C. Penney to reduce U.S. pension obligations

October 4, 2015, 5:02 PM

PLANO, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. reached a deal with about 12,000 retirees and beneficiaries to accept a lump-sum payment and settle pension obligations, helping reduce the amount that the department-store chain will have to pay by as much as 35 percent.

Uber Eats joins crowded Seattle food-delivery field

October 4, 2015, 4:59 PM

SEATTLE — If Amazon Prime Now, Peach, BiteSquad and the many other food delivery services operating across the city aren't quite satisfying people's latest food craving, they're in luck. Uber is launching Uber Eats, a lunch delivery service, in several Seattle neighborhoods Wednesday.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Sharing economy has pros and cons

October 4, 2015, 6:01 AM

My wife and I spent last weekend in a fabulous country home in Parkdale, Ore., in the upper reaches of the fruit-filled Hood River Valley. We woke to spectacular views of Mount Hood's north slope and signed off our two evenings there, under a full moon that lit the silent valley and the wooded hillside that defined its boundary. We were in another world but less than two hours from home.

Strictly Business: Top 10 ways to pitch news

September 6, 2015, 6:01 AM

Lots of people want to keep their name out of The Columbian, or any other newspaper, for that matter. Think criminals, drunk drivers, leaders of failing businesses as examples.

Strictly Business: Bands at fair stir up memories, draw fans

August 15, 2015, 5:00 PM

The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.

Strictly Business: Raising wages a worthy venture

August 1, 2015, 5:00 PM

The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.

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Jayne: Secession efforts say a lot about our political climate

October 4, 2015, 6:00 AM

I know, I know, this is how rumors get started. So before we go any further, let's make one thing clear -- there is no movement afoot to have Clark County secede from the State of Washington. At least as far as I know.

Pitts: Outside eyes crucial when police are investigated

October 4, 2015, 6:00 AM

What can I do?

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Real Estate

Crisis in Clark County rental market

September 27, 2015, 6:00 AM

Their little house in the Hough neighborhood was once perfect for Melissa Boles and Audrey Miller.

Workshop offers advice on facades, websites to downtown businesses

September 24, 2015, 4:31 PM

Memo to downtown Vancouver business owners: If you want to attract customers, you've got to give off your best look — both digitally and physically.

Clark County’s 7th Wal-Mart opens in Orchards

September 23, 2015, 12:10 PM

Clark County's newest Wal-Mart, a 24-hour Supercenter at 14505 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. in Orchards, opened Wednesday with the national anthem, speeches by company and public officials, and a crowd of eager shoppers waiting for their time to spend.

Local real estate market cools slightly in August

September 14, 2015, 4:27 PM

The Southwest Washington real estate market showed some cooling in August, with declines from July in closed sales and new listings, and only a slight increase in pending sales.

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